Wildfires in Australia -September 2019
A combination of the worst drought in years, climate change, strong winds, and the middle of the summer season all brought on Australian wildfires. The fires first sparked in September 2019 later causing about 27 million acres to burn. People all around the globe have put in efforts to help the cause.
Area 51 Raid - September 2019
What began as a joke on Facebook of "storming" Area 51 soon gained a lot of popularity. The event "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us," was scheduled to raid the mysterious Area 51 on September 20, 2019 and millions marked themselves as planning to attend. Small groups showed up to gates in Nevada. West's homecoming theme for this year, Out of this World, was based on this trending joke.
TRUMP IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS - NOVEMBER 2019
Donald Trump was the third president in the history of the United States to be impeached by the House of Representatives. His acquittal by the Senate allowed him to still remain in office after his impeachment.
Us and iran Tensions - January 2020
President Trump ordered an airstrike on Iran’s top general, Qassim Soleimani, while Soleimani was in Iraq, killing him. Tensions have been high ever since, as the timing behind the air strikes seemed unclear and controversial to many. Social media platforms flooded with the fright of a potential World War 3.
Kobe Bryant's Death - January 2020
One of the most well known and loved basketball players, L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan on January 26, 2020. This left people all over the globe devastated over this loss.
Presidential Race - February 2020
Having watched the Democratic candidates debate, many seniors got their first chance to vote during the Illinois presidential primary, which came after a month of caucuses and primaries throughout the nation. This Nov. 3, Vice President Joe Biden will take on President Donald Trump for the presidency.
Coronavirus pandemic - March, April, May 2020
Due to the spread of COVID-19 creating a global pandemic, schools and businesses across the globe are shut down. Stay-at-home orders are given, e-learning begins, and anyone exposed must quarantine for 14 days. To many, it seems as if the world has come to a halt. By mid-May, more than 84,000 Americans had died and more than 1.4 million Americans had tested positive in the three months since the first documented US case.
Maine 207 Shuts Down - April 2020
Approximately a month into stay-at-home orders being introduced, schools nationwide, including Maine West, began to announce that schools will be closed for the remainder of the year. Classes and senior festivities are now online. Everyone is unsure of what the future will look like and when the world will return to normalcy.